Position Website and Application Information
Title: Fisheries Technician II
Requisition Id: 1696
Salary: $32,760 - $40,104
Salary Grade: S5
Job Location: Southeast Regional Office (CAPEG1)
Closing Date: September 19, 2022
Our Culture: The Missouri Department of Conservation supports a family culture focused on diversity of thought, where all employees openly share ideas and turn their passion into purpose.
To learn more about the job, feel free to contact Dave Knuth at Dave.Knuth@mdc.mo.gov or at 573-290-5858 ext: 4434
Support fisheries management programs within the Regional Resource Management Branch across the Southeast Region of Missouri.
Essential Job Duties
- Follow assigned processes to remain compliant with policies and regulations.
- Use, maintain, and modify regional equipment including motor vehicles, boats, outboard motors, trailers, generators, chainsaws, water pumps, ATVs, UTVs, and specialized fish and other aquatic organism sampling equipment.
- Design and fabricate specialized equipment, displays, storage components, and fish holding compartments using a wide variety of power and hand tools.
- Manage equipment procurement and inventory.
- Maintain shop and storage areas.
- Assist Fisheries Management Biologists with surveys of fish and other aquatic organisms in large reservoirs, lakes, big rivers, streams, and ponds using electrofishing, various nets, seines, and other sampling gear.
- Prepare fish structures (e.g. scales, spines, otoliths) for age and growth analysis.
- Assist with lake and stream habitat improvement projects.
- Provide technical support for public and private stakeholders regarding fish populations fish kill investigations, 404 permit investigations, steam bank stabilization projects, invasive species, and nuisance wildlife.
- Inspect aquatic resources for invasive species and coordinate herbicide applications.
- Record, compile, analyze, and maintain records of various data and activities, including fish and other aquatic organism sampling, surveys, chemical treatments, fish heath, investigations, etc. Data is summarized and analyzed using a variety of software packages (e.g. FINS, ArcView GIS, Word, Access, Excel).
- Maintain signage and information boards at conservation areas and stream accesses.
- Assist with conservation area maintenance.
- Conduct presentations to school and/or public groups through field days, fairs, sport shows, pond workshops, and other aquatic education events.
- Respond to public information requests.
- Assist in planning annual budgets and work plans.
- May supervise and train employees and/or volunteers.
- Plan and organize work team activities, time sheets, and performance appraisals.
- Attend department wide training and cross training classes, technical training, professional workshops, and conferences.
Ancillary Job Duties
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
- High School and three (3) to five (5) years applicable work experience is required or an Associates Degree in Natural Resources, Fisheries or Biological Sciences and two (2) years of applicable work experience is required.
- Ability to pass an approved boating safety course and obtain a Missouri Boating Safety Certification Card within 6 months of employment.
- Must maintain a valid, current driver's license.
- Ability to secure a Pesticide Applicator's License within one year of employment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to operate boats, outboard motors, land maintenance equipment, power tools and large trucks pulling trailers.
- Ability to use office equipment, such as computer, calculator, camera, scanner and printer.
- Ability to maintain accurate records and perform data entry.
- Experience with fishery science and wildlife management.
- Attention to detail.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to travel and work varying shifts, as required.
- Regularly work in outdoor temperatures, including wet, hot, and/or cold environments.
- Work routine late night shifts during fish sampling season.
- Occasionally exposed to loud noises which may require the use of hearing protection.
- Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings.
- Regularly operate tools and other machinery and relocate machinery to other areas.
- Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
- Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.
- Regularly lift up to 50 pounds, correctly lift up to 100 pounds.
- Concentrated attention is required at all times.
- Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.